Saturday 30 July 2011


I love a good wader ID session and this juvenile Ruff at Vange Marsh was a good test for me. It had my heart racing a bit when I couldn't find a good representation in my field guide. At one point I thought I might have a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper on my hands. After closer views and a bit more size comparison I narrowed it down to a juvenile Ruff (probably female on size comparison with common sandpiper ) albeit much more rufous than the illustration in my guide. A welcome addition to my year list along with Sand Martin.


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